The Sturgis Police Department is seeking charges for arson against a 16-year-old boy.
The suspect confessed to setting fire to a house in the 100 block of East Congress Street on March 9.
Sgt. Amanda Coney said a joint investigation buy Sturgis police, fire and the state fire marshal during and following the incident contributed to pinpointing the suspect. Coney wished to thank the public for its number of tips passed along that led them to the teen.
The fifth person arrested in connection with the mob beating of a Macomb County man on Detroits west side last week has now been charged. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy’s office is charging 19-year-old Latrez Cummings with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. A 16-year-old is facing assault and ethnic intimidation charges. The teenager, whose name will not be released because of his age, is accused of beating 54-year-old Steven Utash with his fists and feet. Prosecutors say the teen will remain in custody and appear at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center on April 12. Worthy said there is not adequate evidence to convict the other four suspected assailants with racially motivated cimes. 17-year-old Bruce Wimbush, 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold and 24-year-old James Davis were arraigned earlier this week on the same charges as Cummings. All three were jailed on $500,000 bonds and are due back in court on April 21. Utash was driving home from his job as a tree trimmer April 2 when he struck an 11-year-old boy whod stepped out into the roadway. When Utash stopped to check on the child, he was attacked and severely beaten by a violent mob of 10 to 12 people. He remains hospitalized in critical condition in a medically induced coma with bleeding in several parts of his brain. (MRN)
A man who pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting deaths of a northern Indiana convenience store’s owner and an employee has been sentenced to 120 years in prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Kevin Moore of Elkhart was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty mentally ill in January to two counts of murder in the September deaths of 55-year-old Jagtar Bhatti and 20-year-old Pawan Singh during a robbery at Saleh’s Market east of downtown Elkhart. Market employee Bill Sinclair described Pawan and Jagtar as generous people who often extended credit or gave food to customers who didn’t have enough money. Twenty-two-year-old Richard Gross of Elkhart pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the market shootings and is scheduled to be sentenced May 1. He faces up to 130 years in prison. (AP)
The St. Joseph County Transportation Authority is seeking approval for a millage-request renewal in August.
During Thursday’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners’ executive committee meeting, CTA director Steve Yorks said the request would ask for renewal of 0.33 mills for a four-year period.
Committee members recommended the request appears before the board during its twice-a-month meeting Tuesday.
After it was established by voter approval in 2007, the millage was renewed by a 2-to-1 margin in 2010 for four years. Yorks said the 0.33 mills this year generated about $622,000 for the countywide transportation service.
The St. Joseph County Road Commission is expected to place a millage renewal before county voters during the August vote, as well.
St. Joseph County officials acknowledged a grant-application request from the sheriff’s department for preliminary-breath-test units.
During Thursday’s executive committee meeting, county administrator Pat Yoder said law enforcement agencies in the county use the PBT units to assist deputies with drivers suspected of being intoxicated or impaired.
Time and usage has resulted in a need for new units.
Committee members agreed to add the matter to Tuesday’s agenda for action by the commission.
The grant would cover the purchase of 42 devices, which are used by the sheriff’s department and distributed to police departments in each of the county’s eight municipalities.
Included in the grant are 28 bags of disposable mouth pieces; each bag contains 250 mouth pieces. Total amount of the purchase is $13,100.
Here’s a reminder from the Three Rivers Department of Public Services will begin its twice-a-year hydrant flushing Sunday night.
Amy Roth, DPS director, said the flushing will start at 11 p.m. Sunday. She said crews expect flushing to continue Sunday through Thursday nights through the end of May.
Each flushing will take place between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The work will begin in the city’s 4th District, then proceed to the 1st, 2nd and conclude in the 3rd district.
Roth said the department is not able to determine the exact dates it will be in each district.
She advises that some rusty water may be experienced during the process and encourages residents to call the DPS office if rust in water continues over a prolonged period.